- Hate the sin… hate the sinners.
America cared about hockey for a brief week during the Winter Olympics… that was nice, but it didn’t last long. But there is one thing America always cares about, no matter what the sport, and that’s the underdog story… Which brings us to last night’s hockey game, in which the very worst team in the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens (16th out of 16) defeated the Washington Capitals (best team in the regular season) in game seven of their first-round playoff series. As upsets go, this one’s pretty huge, pitting a team that barely squeaked into the post-season vs. a team that had only lost five games on home ice all season. It also saw the game’s most exciting player, Alexander Ovechkin, up against a team not even sure who its starting goaltender was going to be; no one saw this coming.
How do I feel about this? Well, I’m conflicted…
You see, I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so my historic mortal enemy would the Montreal Canadiens (specifically, the fans), so it behooves me to root against the Canadiens in all situations… However, I also hate Alexander Ovechkin and the predominantly European make-up of the Capitals team (because in hockey, knee-jerk xenophobic boosterism is totally acceptable). On top of all this, a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993, so it’s been a long time since any Canadian boy or girl has had the chance to watch his or her father cry openly. This is sad to me. So, despite the fact that this will mean a lot of ribbing from Canadiens fans (and Leafs fans who will see me as traitorous), I’ve gotta say I’m pretty happy that the Habs beat the Capitals last night.
That doesn’t mean I want them to win the Stanley Cup, though, so yes, now I’ll probably root for Pittsburgh.